Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Bulletin, 3 June, 2020
 by Clair Wakefield
 
 
President Joan hosted the meeting, held on zoom, with 33 members and guests in attendance. The meeting was kicked of with O Canada followed by the Invocation which was delivered by Linnie Murray. It contained some good thoughts about Covid 19 and the situation in the US.
 
Our Guests included, District Governor “Mo” Fritz-Roberts, Lee Blankenship of D5230 in Salinas, Ca., Kim McGowan of the Victoria club, District Membership Chair Corie Lopardi, Rob Tomes of the Victoria Club and two past members Jim Hicke and Bob Schell.
Rotary News was provided by President Joan.
June is Rotary Fellowship Month and there are 92 different Fellowships, or interest groups within Rotary that members can join for minimal costs.  See Rotary.Org\Fellowships.
Polio status: there are currently 61 cases worldwide in the year 2020. Just 2 new cases last week.
 
The Harbourside Club will hold its annual garage sale in the parkade of the Hotel Grand Pacific on 13 and 14 June. They are accepting donated items of all types this coming Saturday, 6 June, and Sunday, 7 June, between 9.00am and noon as well as Thursday, 11 June, 3:30 to 5:00pm and Friday, 12 June, 9am to 4.00pm.
 
Speaker Heather Aked introduced this week’s speaker, Mr. Lawrence Lewis.
Lawrence is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation (Cape Mudge) and presently resides in Victoria with his wife of 21 years and 2 children, both adopted from China (Kate and Alex). Lawrence most recently was the Chief Executive Officer of the Malahat Nation/Investment Corporation, and is now focused on working with other First Nations throughout western Canada to advance and focus their governance, administrative structures, and install effective modern economic and business authorities. Most recently, he has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Tree Canada and welcomed aboard the Aboriginal Write to Read project team. Lawrence is our newest Club member.
 
Lawrence described the work of his First Nations Tech. Company “One Feather”.  Among the innovative online services which One Feather provides for its 181 active first nations clients are:
 
  • Electronic Voting; allows members of First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities to vote on local community issues directly from their smart phones or computers, in a highly secure environment.
  • Status Card Renewal; greatly enhances and speeds up the process of status renewal for members, allowing them to apply and upload ID photos from their phones.
  • One Feather App (Digital Wallet); provides members with banking, pay card and check cashing solutions, since many do not have traditional bank accounts and have often needed to use costly services such as provided by Money Mart. 
  • Block Chain and Machine Learning; are used to maintain secure transactions and improve services.
  • Demonstrating Sovereign Identity; the One Feather wallet and app can be used to claim members rights and benefits.
 
Lawrence concluded his presentation with a video demonstrating the electronic voting process.
Wendy Townsend thanked to speaker.
 
Celebrations Master, Heather Aked
Heather encouraged us to donate to Rotary through the link provided on the club website.
 
She noted that there were two Birthdays on 2 June: Ben and Jana. In the spirit of Fellowship month, Heather described some unique forms of Etiquette, and “thoughtfulness” as practiced in various countries such as Japan and Brazil.  Several members volunteered Happy and Sad dollars, with many being happy that they are finally getting back to some of their normal activities as Covid 19 restrictions are eased.
 
Wine Draw
Lorna Curtis handled the wine draw (among 33 participants) and Clair Wakefield won a bottle of Pino Grigio!
 
Closing Video
President Joan wrapped up the meeting in a frisky fashion by showing a video of a lady, who, while visibly concerned by the presence of strange man in her garden, was not so put off that she was not willing to trade a glimpse of her boobs in exchange for a bottle of wine.
 
 
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